The story of the Mainstone family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland
in the Medieval era. The name Mainstone was derived from the personal name Magnus,
which is derived from the Latin word magnus,
which means great.
This name was popular among the Norsemen and was borrowed in honor of Charlemagne
, who was known as Carolus Magnus
Early Origins of the Mainstone family
The surname Mainstone was first found in Caithness
(Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland
, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland.
Early History of the Mainstone family
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Mainstone Spelling Variations
Standards used to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Mainstone has been recorded as Manson, Manseon, Mansson, Mainson, Monson, Mansoun, Magnuson and many more.
Early Notables of the Mainstone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mainstone family to the New World and Oceana
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan
societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Mainstone name: Luke Manson settled in Virginia in 1654; Barbara, Elizabeth and her mother Elizabeth, Janet, Margaret, and Thomas Manson all settled in Georgia in 1775.
Contemporary Notables of the name Mainstone (post 1700)
- John Mainstone (1935-2013), Australian physics professor, known for his pitch drop experiment
The Mainstone Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Meae menor originis
Motto Translation: Mindful of my origin.